Gordon Archbold Slater

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Gordon Archbold Slater D.Mus. FRCO (1896–1979) was an English cathedral organist, who served in Leicester Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral.[1]

He was a composer of organ, piano and choral music.

Hymn Tunes

Three hymn tunes appear in well-known and well-used books. 'St Botolph' is very widely sung to the words "Jesu the Very Thought of Thee" (or "To Mary, Mother of our God") 'Bilsdale' was sung by generations of children to the words "I love God's tiny creatures" whilst 'Fountains Abbey' with an metre alternates between triple and duple time.

One of his pupils was Dennis Townhill, later organist of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh.[2]


Slater was an organist for St Botolph's Church, Boston (1919–1927), Leicester Cathedral (1927–1931) and Lincoln Cathedral (1931–1966).[3]


  1. The Succession of Organists. Watkins Shaw.
  2. Dennis Townhill: organist, composer and choral conductor
  3. A History of Lincoln Minster. Dorothy Owen
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Botolph's Church, Boston
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Charles Hancock
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Leicester Cathedral
Succeeded by
George Charles Gray
Preceded by
George Bennett
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Lincoln Cathedral
Succeeded by
Philip Marshall